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  • Volkswagen Up!
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    2012
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    1.0-liter three-cylinder gas engine
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    75 horsepower
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The Volkswagen Up! makes no bones about what it is and what it isn’t. What it isn’t is a thoroughbred car that will satisfy all your speed thrills. What it is, however, is a smiling, fun-loving, economical city car that will net you plenty of mileage and provide state-of-the-art technology for compact vehicles.

Built in numerous concept forms over the past couple of years, the Volkswagen Up! has finally been given the production green light, and its getting ready to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

For the production version, Volkswagen will be offering the Up! in three different trim versions with "take up!" being the entry level version, "move up!" being the comfort-oriented version, and "high up" being the top-of-the-line version with two special edition models of the "high up!" - "up! black" and "up! white" - scheduled to be introduced when the car officially makes its official launch at the end of the year.

UPDATE 10/10/11: Volkswagen has finally revealed the pricing details for the Up!, which you can check out after the jump!

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2017 Volkswagen Up!

2017 Volkswagen Up!

The Up! gets a mid-cycle refresh with more fun

Small city cars might not be popular in the U.S., but they’re all the rage in Europe. Blame it both on higher fuel prices and narrow roads, small cars typically sell well in the sprawling urban environments found overseas. Volkswagen is no stranger to these small cars, having quite the colorful history with automaking since its creation amidst the Second World War. The 2016 Geneva Motor Show hosted VW’s latest small car entry – the refreshed Up!.

The Up! sports restyled body panels with new available color choices, new wheels, a redesigned interior, a new slew of customization options, and a new powertrain. Basically, VW replaced everything but the chassis. The new engine produces more horsepower and torque than ever offered in the Up! – more so in fact that VW claims the new Up! matches the performance of the original Golf GTI.

Volkswagen proudly boasts the Up! is the number one selling vehicle in its segment inside Germany and the Netherlands. Outside Europe, the Up! still has major sales success in Brazil, Japan, and South Africa. These updates should help boost sales even more, helping VW on its goal of becoming the world’s largest automaker.

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2013 Volkswagen Cross Up

2013 Volkswagen Cross Up

At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Cross Up concept as a preview for the 5-door version of the Up. One year later, Vee-Dub-Ya is testing the production version of the Cross Up and our spy photographers managed to catch one in action without camouflage. To make things even more official, the prototype even has the Cross Up stickers on the rear doors – at least VW didn’t try to put pasties on a prototype this time around. This will be the fourth model in the Cross lineup, which includes the CrossPolo, CrossGolf and CrossTouran.

From these spy shots it looks like the production version will stay faithful to the concept car, with just the door strip being changed. Also, when compared to the standard Up, the Cross Up version will receive different bumpers, wider fenders, underbody protection and alloy wheels. Under the hood, we will most likely see the same engine lineup found in the Up.

We expect to see the Cross Up unveiled during the first half of 2013.

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2012 Volkswagen Cargo Up!

2012 Volkswagen Cargo Up!

Of the four special edition Volkswagen Up! models that are headed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, it can be argued that the least glamorous of the four is the Volkswagen Cargo Up!.

In building the Cargo Up!, Volkswagen intended it to be a "delivery van" of sorts. As such, it’s got plenty of rear space - 1,400 liters worth - it has front and rear underbody protection, side sill trim panels, and just like the rest of its brethren, there’s a roof railing that we imagine will carry all those pizza deliveries.

Inside, the Cargo Up! is pretty bare with the driver seat and the cockpit the only that’s left from the standard Cross Up!. In place of everything that was removed, the Cargo Up! has a flat cargo floor both on the passenger’s side and in the boot. There’s also a fastening system for tools and shipping crates, standard storage bins in the centre console, doors and rear side trim, and a dash pad that’s been painted in ‘Tornado Red’, providing a color contrast to the black metallic color ‘Nano’ trim on the loading areas and black artificial leather with neoprene on the seats.

To ensure safety, the Cargo Up! comes with baggage protection just behind the driver with a safety mesh beside the seat as well as lashing points on the floor and in the side walls.

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2012 Volkswagen Winter Up!

2012 Volkswagen Winter Up!

For those that enjoy the winter outdoors, Volkswagen has prepared a special edition Up! concept vehicle, which you’ll be able to see in all its pristine glory at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

This sparkling white and blue Up! is called the Winter Up! and is based on the four-door Cross Up! Concept Volkswagen first presented at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. As its name suggests, the Winter Up! is designed specifically for winter purposes, no more evident in the fact that it has a snowboard carrier on the roof rails. Aesthetically, the Winter Up! is painted in a two-tone paint finish, Pure White and Malibu Blue, with the former being used on the body surface while the latter getting used on the bumpers, door mirror housings, and on the seams that runs parallel to the side windows.

Since it’s a model that has been built for a specific weather condition, the Winter Up! comes with ESP with differential locks to tackle all the with road conditions. It also has underbody protection on the front and rear, and the aforementioned roof rail-mounted holder that can stow up to four snowboards or six skis.

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2012 Volkswagen X Up!

2012 Volkswagen X Up!

The Volkswagen Up! is shaping up to be a cool and fun ride and the German automaker is bringing it to a whole new level by introducing four new special edition concepts of their quirky hatchback at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

One of these models is the X Up!, which is being touted as the "globetrotter" of the bunch. What sets the X Up! apart from the three other Up! models headed to Geneva is that it’s been designed with a burned "Orange Metallic" finish complemented by an anthracite accents on the bumpers and roof box. Chrome was also used in this particular model, particularly as the surrounds of the search and fog headlights. The X Up! also has a roof box, which on its own, also has two powerful searchlights that have been attached on the base support of the roof railing.

Inside, the X Up! also sports two-tone door inserts, specially designed door entry sills, a special gear shift grip, and a slew of hand-knit Up! logos that characterizes the model’s individuality.

Just like the Winter Up!, the X Up! is based on the four-door Cross Up!, which we first saw at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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2012 Volkswagen Swiss Up!

2012 Volkswagen Swiss Up!

In the event you go to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and you see a number of special edition Volkswagen Up! models in attendance, you shouldn’t be surprised.

That’s just how Volkswagen rolls.

One of the concepts, the Swiss Up!, was designed to pay tribute to the host city and its country and comes dressed to the party sporting an exterior that’s painted in red and white, or in case you didn’t know, the two colors that comprise the Swiss flag.

The interior of the Swiss Up! sports the same two-tone color scheme while also finished in a ’ceramique’ trim color. In addition, the seats of the car have also been dressed in the same ceramique finish while the seat surfaces and grab handles in the roof liner are all upholstered in brown Alcantara. The interior also has a narrow leather band that runs laterally across the center panels of the front seat backrests with each leather band sporting a holder for a pocket knife.

Finally, the dashboard of the Swiss Up! was painted in a white, silk-like ‘porcelain paint’ adorns the dashboard with decorative bezels on the round air vents painted in Tornado Red.

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2012 Volkswagen Up! Five Door

2012 Volkswagen Up! Five Door

The three door version of the new Volkswagen Up! was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and now Volkswagen has released the first details on the five-door model. In Germany, the new version will go on sale March 6th with first deliveries arriving in May. Prices will start from 10,800 euro, or about $14,000 at the current exchange rates.

The five-door Volkswagen Up! features the same dimensions as the three-door version, but the difference is the rear doors which open wide and allow easy boarding. The interior also offers more space, with 94.7cm (37.2 inches) of headroom and 79cm (31.1 inches) of legroom. The rear passengers will be even more comfortable thanks to raised seating positions.

As for power, the new Up! will be offered with a 1.0-liter petrol engine with BlueMotion technology offered in either 60 or 75 HP versions. Both of these options are combined with start-stop function and an impressive fuel economy of 4.2 liters/100 km.

Just like with three-door Up!, the new five-door model will be offered with City Emergency Braking - a new safety technology system that automatically actives at speeds of under 18.6 mph and uses a laser sensor to detect the risk of any imminent collisions. Next to this feature, the new five-door Up! will also get touchscreen navigation, Bluetooth, and other entertainment systems.

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2011 Volkswagen Up! Azzura Sailing Team

2011 Volkswagen Up! Azzura Sailing Team

Volkswagen has released a full army of concept vehicles based on their new Up! platform at the Frankfurt Motor Show. One of the concept vehicles, the Up! Azzura Sailing Team, is a version of the Up! that takes nautical pleasures to a new level.

As an open-top concept with a lack of doors too, the Up! Azzura Sailing Team was penned by no less than Volkswagen chief, Walter de Silva, and Giorgetto Giugiaro with the idea of bringing to life and paying homage to nautical life. As such, the design elements featured in the concept carry some of those nautical characteristics, including an open-cabin with mahogany and maple wood trims, chrome components, and white-blue leather. On top of that, the car has also been dressed in a resin coating to make it waterproof, which would make sense considering the whole point of the concept.

As for the powertrain, the Up! Azzura Sailing Team runs on an electric motor, although nothing appears to be set in stone since the concept is unlikely to ever make it to production.

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2012 Volkswagen Up GT! Concept

2012 Volkswagen Up GT! Concept

It’s not rocket science to understand that the Volkswagen Up! Concept is not the poster car for fast cars, seeing as the concept only carries an output of 75 horsepower. What was surprising though was that for all of its capabilities - or lack thereof - Volkswagen has come out with a GT version of the concept that delivers an output of 100 horsepower. Not exactly raging stallions, is it?

In any case, this is what the Volkswagen Up! GT Concept has to offer. Compared to the its standard version brethren, the GT version is a monster on four wheels, at least as far as relativity is concerned.

It carries a turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produces 100 horsepower and 111 lb/ft of torque - a significant improvement from the 75-horsepower output of the standard version - while carrying a 0-60 mph sprint time of nine seconds.

But more than all the numbers, the Up GT! Concept also carries some aesthetic improvements from the standard Up, including a more serious front bumper with LED running lamps, a roof spoiler, twin-chrome exhaust finishers, and a set of 17" wheels as the cherry on top of the proverbial sundae.

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2011 Volkswagen cross up!

2011 Volkswagen cross up!

Next to the study buggy up!, Volkswagen has also brought the cross up! concept to the Frankfurt Motor Show. The company has promised that even if this was displayed as a concept, it is in fact a near production version and reveals how a cross Up! version will look like.

The Cross up! concept is finished in a "Tornado Red" exterior paint combined with silver elements and dark anthracite on the wheel well extensions and side sill extensions. The roof rails highlight the look in "matte silver." The bumpers have received a new design and is combined with a larger honeycomb grille, larger air intakes, and a silver cross-bar in the bumper. The concept sits on a special set of 16" alloy wheels in cross design.

On the interior, the seats feature a special cross trim with center panels and grey side panels, while the steering wheel, gear shift grip, and parking brake grip are wrapped in leather.

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2011 Volkswagen study buggy up!

2011 Volkswagen study buggy up!

The new Volkswagen up! might have caught all the attention at Volkswagen’s stand in Frankfurt, but next to it there were six other concept cars worth taking a look at. The first of these concepts is called the Volkswagen study buggy up! and unlike the original Buggy launched in the 1960s which was based on the Beetle, the new concept is based on the recently launched Up!

The new study buggy up! keeps the underbody, running gear, and
drive technology of the up!, but adds a completed redesigned roof-less exterior skin, and a lowered ride height (lowered by 20 mm). The study will immediately be recognized as an Up! model, but the bonnet is built much flatter, the bumpers show an independent character, and the roof was inspired by small convertible sports cars. The study is also about 44 mm longer and 31 mm wider than the production Up!, while the height has been lowered by 190 mm. The new buggy sits on a new set of 18" alloy wheels and is finished in a "hot orange paint which was specially created for this vehicle.

Another feature for the new study buggy up! is that it is 100% beach ready; everything on the interior is waterproof, including the controls for the infotainment system.

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2012 Volkswagen Up!

2012 Volkswagen Up!

The Volkswagen Up! makes no bones about what it is and what it isn’t. What it isn’t is a thoroughbred car that will satisfy all your speed thrills. What it is, however, is a smiling, fun-loving, economical city car that will net you plenty of mileage and provide state-of-the-art technology for compact vehicles.

Built in numerous concept forms over the past couple of years, the Volkswagen Up! has finally been given the production green light, and its getting ready to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

For the production version, Volkswagen will be offering the Up! in three different trim versions with "take up!" being the entry level version, "move up!" being the comfort-oriented version, and "high up" being the top-of-the-line version with two special edition models of the "high up!" - "up! black" and "up! white" - scheduled to be introduced when the car officially makes its official launch at the end of the year.

UPDATE 10/10/11: Volkswagen has finally revealed the pricing details for the Up!, which you can check out after the jump!

Find out more about the Volkswagen Up! after the jump.

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Bugatti city car in the works?

We already know that the Volkswagen Up city car is going to spawn different versions for a number of other brands in the VW family, including Seat, Skoda, and even Audi.

There are rumors, however, that another VW-owned brand is going to get its own city car. Specifically, that brand people keep referring to is Bugatti.

What, you ask? A Bugatti city car?

Well, nothing’s been confirmed yet, but there’s growing speculation that this spy video of two camouflaged cars of VW UP prototypes could have a Bugatti offspring in the future. Take it for what it’s worth but it does make for an interesting scenario.

Now that Aston Martin has dived head-on into the city car segment with Cygnet, it wouldn’t be a far-fetched idea for a high-end luxury brand to follow suit. Add that to the enormous resources Volkswagen has and we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if see a little Bugatti running around the world’s cities in the future.

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2010 Volkswagen Up! Lite concept

2010 Volkswagen Up! Lite concept

Volkswagen unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show the 2010 Up! Lite concept, the latest addition to the Up! line-up. The new Up! Lite concept is powered by a hybrid system that includes a TDI (turbo-diesel), an electric motor and 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).

The newly designed 0.8 TDI two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine delivers a total of 51 hp. At the push of a button the new Up! Lite activates the Eco mode that reduces the power to 36 hp.

In two of its operating phases, the hybrid drive of the Up! Lite was designed to operate without any TDI propulsion at all. First phase: In so-called coast-down, activated by the driver taking his or her foot off the gas pedal (car coasts, TDI engine is shut off). Second phase: Over shorter distances, e.g. in residential areas, the E-motor can power the Up! Lite all by itself. In this case, a lithium-ion battery supplies the energy. Since it is capable of pure electric driving, the configuration is classified as a full hybrid. Shifting work is handled by a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) like the one used in the new Polo. Moreover, the Volkswagen is equipped with a Stop-Start system.

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2010 Volkswagen E-Up! Concept

2010 Volkswagen E-Up! Concept

Volkswagen has just unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show the electric version of the now famous Up! Concept. The new Volkswagen E-Up! concept is believed to make it to production by 2020.

The E-Up! concept is powered by an electric motor with a peak power output of 60 kW supplied by by a lithium ion battery. Fully charged the batteries offer the E-Up! a range of 130 kilometers. The motor of the front-wheel drive car, which is mounted up front and develops a maximum torque of 155 lb-ft from rest. The driver activates forward or reverse gear via a rotary knob in the center console. The fact that the E-Up! will also quite clearly offer driving enjoyment is demonstrated by a look at the car’s classic 0 to 60 MPH sprint of 11.3 seconds. The E-Up! develops even greater responsiveness in the intermediate sprint from 0 to 50 km/h in city driving: 3.5 seconds.

According to Volkswagen the E-Up! concept is the Beetle for the 21st Century: headlights with their facet-like lenses – cut like diamond, the fog lights configured as C-shaped, chrome-trimmed elements in the headlight housings, a circular pattern in the bumper.

Press release after the jump.

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Audi’s electric car will be a VW Up

Last April Audi said that they would not be producing an electric car in the near future. Well plans have changed according to Car Magazine. Audi has unofficially said it will sell an electric version of the VW Up as soon as it becomes available. Possible release estimate being late 2010.

Hopeful Audi doesn’t scrap this idea like it has so many others in the past (think back to the Q5 and Q7 hybrid programs). Audi may make a plan B since Volkswagen has has product delays with the Up. After all, it is not even clear yet whether the Up will be rear or front-engined; since the concept had the engine in the back, but the latest news is that production versions will adopt a more conventional layout. Chances are that whether it be an Audi or a VW badge there will be an electric Up in the near future.

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Volkswagen Up! delayed

Volkswagen Up! delayed

Last week AutoCar launched the first rumor according to whom the next Volkswagen Up! will be a FWD model. Today Volkswagen confirmed those rumors and also announced that the production will be delayed by up to five months.

Volkswagen plans to sell at least 500,000 Up variants a year in Europe, emerging markets, and possibly in the US. The car’s launch was scheduled for 2010 but will now be delayed by three to five months until early 2011 because of the engine layout change.

The delay means that the Up will come to market much later than rivals planned by Toyota and Fiat. Toyota’s IQ goes on sale in Europe early next year. The Fiat Topolino launches at the end of 2009. Both will have their engines in the front.

Volkswagen plans to build hatchback, minivan and sedan versions of the Up for the Volkswagen , Skoda and Seat brands in a range it code-names New Small Family.

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Volkwagen Up! could be FWD

Volkwagen Up! could be FWD

When Volkswagen unveiled the Up! concept last year, they announced the production version will be RWD, but because of some development difficulties, the Up! may have to be converted to a more conventional front-wheel-drive layout to achieve its original targets.

According to Volkswagen the project has three key difficulties. First, the low-cost, mid-engined layout of the Up! is proving more costly to engineer than anticipated. It’s apparently difficult to accommodate a radiator in the car’s nose and trunk coolant through the car. Second, the Up!’s rearward weight bias has caused problems with cross-wind stability in early testing.

The combination of these two serious factors is threatening to force styling compromises the company might yet reject.

But Volkswagen is saying that those problems can be beaten and that the project will go on.

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Volkswagen Up! coming in 2010

Volkswagen Up! coming in 2010

Volkswagen will unveil the production version of the Up! Concept in 2010. It will come to compete with Fiat 500 and the all-new Toyota iQ. Up was first unveiled as a concept car last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It has a super-compact, rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive powertrain, and promises to be incredibly environmentally friendly, with low CO2 emissions.

The production version will maintain all the cheekiness and stand-out style of the concept. And that’s no surprise; bosses at VW have always made it clear that the production up! would look virtually identical to the model seen on the stands at Frankfurt.

It will be offered in both in petrol or diesel version, and have a capacity of around 600cc. Both units are likely to be turbocharged, and Volkswagen is targeting CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km and combined fuel economy of 94mpg. A 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol motor is under consideration, too.

The production version Up! will be offered in both three and five-doors version; but a MPV will follow at a later date. A hybrid version is also under consideration.

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